By Constantinos Psillides
The 17-year old from Larnaca who killed 22-year old British Cypriot Michael Antony Louis Mina on November 16, will be held at the Central Prisons until the conclusion of the trial, Larnaca District Court ruled on Wednesday.
The judge noted in her decision that “there is a high probability of conviction, paired with a high probability of the 17-year old not showing up for the trial if released.”
The murder trial is set for January 15, 2015. The District Court referred the teenager to the Criminal Court, where he will be charged with premeditated murder, which carries a life sentence.
The 17-year-old admitted to stabbing the British Cypriot outside the victim’s apartment in the Makenzie area, in the early hours of November 16. The two had personal differences and the teenager had been dating the victim’s former girlfriend.
He maintains that he killed the victim in self-defence, telling police that Mina called him and arranged for a meeting so they could settle their differences. He told investigators that the victim also pulled a knife on him and that he was only defending himself.